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Shoulder Pain! UGH! Ways to help with that nagging shoulder pain.

Shoulders. Gotta love em! We take our most mobile joint for granted until…you can’t lift your hand over your head. I’ve been there. Trust me not fun. But why does it get this way and how can we keep it from getting to that point? This little blog is here to help with that problem. So keep reading!

As I said the shoulder joint is the most mobile joint in our body. Go ahead try it. Move it around. See if you can do all that with you low back. No? I thought so. So with this being the most mobile joint we have to keep it moving in order to pick up that drink in front of you, or do your hair.

One of the ways it gets stuck is what is called micro trauma that adds up over time. We slightly damage the shoulder and voila it heals but not the way it should have. Healthy movement after something is damaged is key. It allows the joint and tissues to heal properly. The important thing being “healing properly”. If that doesn’t happen then it continues to not work the way it should.

So what to do? Great question. Healthy movement! Okay I won’t leave you hanging on that one. Healthy movement is doing movement that makes the joint feel better. Usually you can find a movement that makes the joint not feel like it is on fire. So doing repetitions like moving your shoulder back behind your back over and over 10 times will help reduce the pain.

Sometimes it needs a little bit more tender loving care and that is where seeing a chiropractor or someone who can really dig into the muscles to find the culprit is good. It not only helps correct what is wrong but monitoring it for improvements is awesome as well.

Another way to decrease the pain is taking a supplement that has bromelain or turmeric in it. This helps tremendously to get the right type of healing and clear away all the bad stuff. It really is great stuff!

So those are a couple ways to help with that nagging pain in the shoulder. If you have more questions about shoulder pain then let me know in the comments! Ask away! Really I love answering questions!

Cheers!

Dr. K

Chronic Pain revisited: Ways to prevent chronic pain from getting a hold on your life.

Back pain sucks. Let’s just admit it. Pain of any type doesn’t feel good. But what it does is point to something wrong. What I mean is that it tells us that something bad is happening! When you accidentally cut yourself chopping up onions (or whatever it is you are cutting up for dinner) your bodies signals stop doing that! Which is good because if you don’t stop you could potentially harm yourself very badly.

The point of this is to alert you that something is amiss. Chronic pain on the other hand is a difficult thing to deal with because it doesn’t necessarily mean that something is being damaged. It is the interpretation that gets mixed up. Your brain thinks that there is something being damaged which is not always the case. It is faulty wiring so to speak. What we have to do is get those faulty wiring patterns to reset so that there isn’t a message saying,” You’re being damaged!”

So how to do this? It is complicated but in my experience it is a combination of healthy thoughts as well as movement. Healthy movements throughout the day is key. Don’t stand still for long periods and don’t sit for long periods. Every one is different on what is a long time but movement is so good for you that it not only helps your body but your mind! This is good news because you can knock out two birds with one stone.

Simple ways to move is to dance. Yes I know sound funny, but dancing can be a fun way to get healthy movement in as well as make you feel better because you can dance to music! Almost everyone likes some form of music. Music is also a way to unwind your mind and help to reset the pain pathways.

All of this won’t happen overnight. It will take time. And getting checked by a chiropractor or manual therapist can help with stuck joints or muscles that aren’t allowing you to move properly. That is basically what a chiropractor helps with. Getting things unstuck. Well at least in my opinion.

Life is movement. Life is not stagnant. When it becomes stagnant it starts to stink. NO FUN! So do whatever moves you! If it is dancing then dance. If it is playing sports then play sports. Or work out with weights. Life happens so every once in a while get a tune up from a chiropractor to keep the body moving the way we are meant to!

Cheers!

Dr. K

Does your health seem to be out of control?

What does your health say about your life? Is it one of balance and peace, or does it seem to be everything might be falling a part? If you are like me you probably fall in between at certain points in your life. Even within the same day. But the word balance is a great word to summarize what health should be. Getting the right conditions in all aspects of life leads to balance. So if you have felt at some point that your health was out of control then have hope! There is a better way to achieve this!

If you are searching to what may have been good health and it turned sour then you are at the right place. In this day and age the health of people have seemed to decline but there are ways to be thriving again. Let's start with a little analogy. When you get a cut or a scrape what happens? It heals right? But how does it do that and how does it know to do it? Well for starters we were created with this amazing ability to heal if given the right conditions. When you get a cut your body does this automatically. It is process that our bodies were made to have. Some amazing things happen in order for this to happen. 

So how does this healing potential get hindered and we end up having all these symptoms that make up our life? It's almost as if something is blocking our bodies ability to correct itself. Ah that might be the answer. What is creating interference to our bodies ability to heal?

For one the food that we eat is a big hindrance to our bodies ability to create homeostasis. Which is nothing more than the body trying to create balance. If we are constantly eating processed and sugary foods and drinks our bodies have to work harder to get rid of it. If all it is doing is focusing on getting rid of bad things then it can't address the problems that these substances are creating in the first place. Don't get me wrong I love a good cinnamon role or pizza but again balance. Balance is key. Making sure you get the right nutrients to sustain life and keep your body in a healing state. The rates at which metabolic diseases keep increasing and a lot of it would be solved if we focused on the food we eat. 

Another reason we have this block of health in our lives is that of physical activity and movement. Sedentary lifestyles have become the norm nowadays and it is not good at all. It is compared to smoking every day. We all know what that does to your body. Getting activity in the form of exercise and movement is a must. We have legs to walk so walk! This is where chiropractic plays a big role in that we find where you are not functioning correctly, specifically the nerves and muscles. The nervous system controls all of our bodily functions including movement and this is probably one of the most important things to keep running efficiently. Get adjusted!

The last thing is our thoughts. It is said that our thoughts make up who we are. What we continually think about day in and day out is what we become. So if we are filling our minds with junk then that will be the output. It is so important to be around people who lift you up and encourage. It is all about love and service to others that help us in this life. So finding and being a loving presence to all you encounter helps to increase your bodies ability to heal. Imagine with me the days before a big test or meeting. All the nerves and preparation lead to a moment and then after that moment occurs what happens? We get sick. Some can relate. But it was all that nervous energy being thought over and over and it does have an impact on our bodies. So fill your mind with good stuff!

Health is a journey and so is healing. There are many limitations to this obviously enough but our bodies were given the blueprints to stay healthy. Use if the right way and you will have balance. 

I hope this answers some questions that you may have about why you might be experiencing health issues. It is not the whole picture but I practice this myself. It can be difficult but definitely worth living a healthy life and enjoying it! If you have any questions just shoot me a message on Facebook or on my website under contact. Thanks!

Why knee pain might not be coming from the knee

If you have ever had knee pain then you know it can be troublesome to deal with. I myself have had multiple knee surgeries to repair meniscus as well as ACL tears. I'll be the first to tell you they are not fun...at all. But why do we get knee pain or tear ligaments in the first place? Through my journey through chiropractic and gait analysis as well as learning the biomechanics of all the joints in the body I have a better understanding of why I tore those ligaments in the first place and how chiropractic can help with knee pain. 

The knee is one of the joints in the body that allows walking to occur. It swings front to back when we walk, run, or jump. This is such an important joint because it allows us to interact with our environment. When we get knee pain or even worse a tear, we don't feel like moving around much. The knee joint should be stable. Meaning it should have movement but not too much movement. What I mean by that is that there should not be movement like you have in your shoulder or your hips. If that happens then the ligaments have become lax and you are more prone to injury. 

The cause of so much laxity in the joint doesn't necessarily mean that it started in the knee. What I find most often is tightness in the hips as well as the SI joints that cause the knee to move more. Think of it like this, we are supposed to be able to move our hips in a wide range. It is a ball and socket joint, which is meant and designed to move in all planes of motion. When that ball and socket joint can't do what it was designed to do then other joints in your body have to make up for that lack of movement. Usually it is the knees and low back. When the knees and low back have more stress out on them, then pain begins to creep in. 

What we usually think is coming from the knee can actually be from lack of movement in the hips and SI joint. You do this for years and you start to get decreased joint space in the knees and you're looking at a knee replacement down the road. We want to prevent this from occurring. It all begins in the hips and SI joint. 

So getting movement out of the hip joints is a must. Stop sitting so much! But really sitting can cause your hips to get stiff and lose that normal movement. Getting out and walking a little bit even 5 minutes is going to be beneficial for you if you do it regularly. Also getting your SI joint aligned will benefit greatly from this. I always think if I would have had my SI joint checked every month while playing sports would my knee injuries have been different? Who knows it might not have but I think that it would have helped the severity of it. So next time you get knee pain get it checked by a good chiropractor that knows how to check the pelvis and its structures because it could save you in the long run. 

Why doing this one thing will help with your pain

Pain. We all have had it at some point. Hate it or love it it teaches us what damages our bodies. But what happens when it becomes a long term thing? We get so used to having it that it's always there. Does that cause damage as well? We will discover the one thing that will help with pain and how you can get do more of it. 

I'll start with a story. It is a story out of my life that I will share. I tore my ACL...twice. So had the surgery and afterwards they want you to put you leg on this device that moves it constantly, for 24 hours a day for a week, only resting it when you do your exercises. I mean you have this thing on you when you sleep so it's not the greatest  to be able to sleep. But why would they do something like that? One word. Movement. If you don't move the joint that was injured it becomes stuck and scar tissue forms and then you have more problems than when you started. 

The importance of movement especially joints that have been injured is crucial. Pain tells us to stop for good reason but movement that is controlled is actually a type of therapy. What does this have to do with health? Actually a lot. See when we experience pain we want to sit down and rest which is good for really acute pain. Like spraining your ankle you probably want to rest and ice it but once that period of rest and ice is over you gotta move it. Slowly walking getting the joint fluid to move around and drain is key. 

I see this everyday. Joints that are not properly moving cause pain and can lead to degeneration of the spine or other joints of the body. It is my job to free up joints and get them to move better so pain does not set in long term. I am so passionate about seeing people moving well and getting better because they get to experience life again the way that they used to know it. They get to play with their kids or play that sport with a little more ease. When we have people that are not in pain their mood improves which is a fantastic benefit to getting adjusted. The list goes on and on. 

So even after getting adjusted it is good to rest but taking a short walk of 5-10 minutes can help keep the joints free and moving correctly. This one thing of getting movement and not sitting down all the time will help to ease the pain you are experiencing. When you experience movement and what it is supposed to feel like you will get to enjoy life again!